Related Content: history

The Backstory: Reflections on 47-years of Washington Week

Web content

On February 23, 1967, the public television station in Washington, DC, WETA,  launched a new public affairs roundtable program called Washington Week in Review.

47-years later, Washington Week continues as a venerable staple of PBS programming every Friday night.

The one constant: announcer Paul Anthony, who has been with the program since the very beginning.  He shares his Backstory reflections on the early days and evolution of the longest running primetime news program on television.


PBS Newshour: Sharing Lessons in American History in 140 Characters or Less

Web content

How does modern technology allow us to engage in conversations about the past? Gwen Ifill talks to presidential historian Michael Beschloss about how the Twitter-verse has opened up new ways to view history in the digital age.


History's Romance: Why Politics Past Beats Politics Present

Gwen's Take

Is it just my imagination, or have politics and politicians grown smaller?

I've been flirting with this conclusion after diving into two enjoyable presidential history books by night while covering 2012 politics by day. The books, Robert Caro's "The Passage of Power" and "The President's Club" by Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs, take us inside the West Wing in a way screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s fictional White House never could.

Robert Caro revives Kennedy-Johnson feud

Essential Reads

To be a Democrat in Washington in the mid-1960s was to be confronted daily with the burning question: Which side are you on? There was the side with the power, President Lyndon B. Johnson and his team in the White House. And there was the side with the glamour, Robert F. Kennedy and his team of loyalists— mourning the death of John F. Kennedy, appalled by a man they regarded as a crude pretender in the Oval Office, dreaming of the day when the Kennedy reign would be restored.

PBS NewsHour: LBJ's 'Passage of Power': The Transformation of a 'Legislative Genius'

Web content

Historian Robert Caro has spent nearly four decades telling the story of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Gwen Ifill and Caro discuss the pivotal four years between 1960 and 1964 when Johnson rose from senator to an overshadowed vice president, and then to president -- the premise of his latest biography, "The Passage of Power."

A Presidential Hangout: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Clubhouse

On The Radar

You would never take a second glance at 716 Jackson Place if you were strolling through the neighborhood around the White House and Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. But the unmarked, four-story, white-painted townhouse with brown sandstone steps is easily the most exclusive club on the planet. You have to call the White House for reservations — and at the moment, only four men are eligible to use it.
Read More

Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy Discuss 'The Presidents Club'

On The Radar

Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy discuss the surprising ways that current and former presidents depend on each other.

How the World's Most Exclusive Club Was Born

On The Radar

It was one of those moments that, in a mere second or two, changed American history: On January 20, 1953, at the inauguration of President Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman greeted Herbert Hoover on the platform. "I think we ought to organize a former presidents club," Hoover suggested. "Fine," Truman replied. "You be the President of the club. And I will be the Secretary." Up to that moment, the Presidents Club was more an idea than an institution.
Read More

January 15, 2010

Weekly Show

This week Gwen and the panel will discuss the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, the history of the poverty-stricken nation, the president's announcement this week that the government will institute new fees on the nation's banks, and the Massachusetts Senate race.